79 Facts About Prime Minister Gordon Brown

1. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was planning to announce a "recall" mechanism for MPs in 2008.

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2. Prime Minister Gordon Brown always goes to church when he is in his contituency.

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3. Prime Minister Gordon Brown tried to hire the former Sun editor David Yelland as a spin doctor.

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4. Prime Minister Gordon Brown once bamboozled the interpreter when he used the phrase "naked short-selling" in a conversation with Nicolas Sarkozy.

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5. Prime Minister Gordon Brown tried to get parliament to vote for 42-day pre-charge detention to please the Murdoch press, his colleagues believe.

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6. Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote a letter to George Bush after their first meeting after Brown became prime minister saying: "I hope you will find that I am straightforward, direct, and will do exactly as I say.

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7. Prime Minister Gordon Brown tried to get Andrew Lloyd Webber to join his government as a cultural ambassador.

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8. Prime Minister Gordon Brown chose not to stand again for his seat in the May 2015 parliamentary election.

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9. Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for a debate to be held in the House of Commons on the future of the union in the event that the referendum was defeated.

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10. In 2012 Prime Minister Gordon Brown was named UN special envoy for global education.

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11. Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced no opposition in the campaign to succeed Blair as Labour Party leader, and on June 27, 2007, three days after he officially became Labour Party leader, Brown became prime minister.

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12. Prime Minister Gordon Brown had a strong interest in international economics; he served as the United Kingdom's governor of the International Monetary Fund and as chair of the organization's primary decision-making committee and was instrumental in brokering a European agreement in 2005 that would double foreign aid to developing countries.

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13. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was widely regarded as the senior half of the Blair-Brown partnership and the one more likely to eventually become party leader.

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14. Prime Minister Gordon Brown left academia for an appointment at Scottish TV, where he was a journalist and editor in the current affairs department.

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15. Prime Minister Gordon Brown may remain in office at least until 2010, when he is required to call a general election.

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16. Prime Minister Gordon Brown wanted to convey that the relationship from now on would be strictly business.

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17. At this juncture, Prime Minister Gordon Brown was expected to announce his candidacy for the Labour leadership, but he did not.

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18. Prime Minister Gordon Brown became known as a finance specialist within the Labour Party, and challenged Tory policies as the shadow to the chancellor of the exchequer in Thatcher's government.

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19. In 1980, Prime Minister Gordon Brown switched careers and became a current affairs editor for Scottish Television.

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20. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was born on February 20, 1951, in Glasgow, Scotland, and was the second of three sons of John Brown, a Church of Scotland minister.

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21. In 1954, Reverend Prime Minister Gordon Brown took a post at the St Bryce parish in Kirkcaldy, a city in the Fife area that surrounds the Firth of Forth.

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22. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has written several books, including a biography of the socialist parliamentarian James Maxton, Where There Is Greed: Margaret Thatcher and the Betrayal of Britain's Future (1989), and Fair is Efficient: A Socialist Agenda for Fairness (1994).

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23. Prime Minister Gordon Brown took a tough stance on government spending, earning a reputation as the "iron chancellor", and established economic criteria for Britain's adopting the euro that helped undermine the prime minister's push to do so.

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24. In 1980 Prime Minister Gordon Brown switched careers to journalism and became current affairs editor for Scottish TV, while rising in the Scottish Labour Party to vice chair and then chair by 1983.

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25. Prime Minister Gordon Brown became a lecturer at the Glasgow College of Technology in 1976, a year after stepping down from his rector's post at the University of Edinburgh, where he continued to work toward his doctoral degree.

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26. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a gifted student who was selected for a fasttrack university entrance program, and he began his studies at the University of Edinburgh at age 16.

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27. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was born on February 20, 1951, in Glasgow, Scotland, as one of three sons of the Reverend Dr John Brown, a minister in the Church of Scotland.

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28. Prime Minister Gordon Brown had served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, or finance and treasury minister, in Blair's government since 1997.

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29. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has written several published works, including Maxton: A Biography, detailing the life of James Maxton, a Scottish politican of the Independent Labour Party, who died in 1946.

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30. Prime Minister Gordon Brown attended the Kirkcaldy West Primary School and, when he was just 16 years old, won a scholarship to the University of Edinburgh.

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31. In March 2009 Prime Minister Gordon Brown was named World Statesman of the Year by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an American organisation 'dedicated to promoting peace, human rights and understanding between religious faiths'.

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32. Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the Anglican Communion bishops, "I say to you that the poor of the world have been patient but 100 years is too long for people to wait for justice and that is why we must act now.

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33. On 24 July 2008, Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke at the "Walk of Witness" in support of poverty reduction worldwide during the Lambeth Conference.

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34. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has, at least ostensibly, been keen to keep his religion a private matter.

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35. Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote a piece for The Independent supporting Clare's current environmental efforts on behalf of Sarawak.

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36. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is the brother-in-law of environmental journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown.

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37. Prime Minister Gordon Brown's is patron of several charities and has written articles for national newspapers related to this.

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38. In 2011 Prime Minister Gordon Brown stated he had wanted the details of his son's condition kept private and that the publication had left him "in tears".

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39. At the age of 49, Prime Minister Gordon Brown married Sarah Macaulay in a private ceremony at his home in North Queensferry, Fife, on 3 August 2000.

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40. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is concerned about child poverty and poverty in general.

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41. In December 2015, Prime Minister Gordon Brown took his first large-scale role in the private sector since standing down as prime minister in 2010, becoming an advisor to PIMCO.

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42. On 22 April 2011 it was announced that Prime Minister Gordon Brown would be taking on an unpaid advisory role at the World Economic Forum.

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43. Prime Minister Gordon Brown stood down at the General Election in May 2015.

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44. On 1 December 2014, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that he would not be seeking re-election to parliament.

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45. Prime Minister Gordon Brown played a prominent role in the lead-up to, and the aftermath of, the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, campaigning for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom.

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46. Towards the end of May 2010, Prime Minister Gordon Brown began writing Beyond the Crash, completing it after 14 weeks.

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47. Prime Minister Gordon Brown resigned as leader of the Labour Party with immediate effect.

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48. Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced on 10 May 2010 that he would stand down as Labour Leader, with a view to a successor being chosen before the next Labour Party Conference in September 2010.

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49. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was re-elected as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath with 29,559 votes.

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50. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has often said "War is tragic", echoing Blair's quote, "War is horrible".

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51. Prime Minister Gordon Brown went to great lengths to empathise with those who lost family members in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

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52. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in a letter published on 17 March 2008 that the United Kingdom would hold an inquiry into the war.

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53. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was committed to the Iraq War, but said in a speech in June 2007 that he would "learn the lessons" from the mistakes made in Iraq.

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54. Prime Minister Gordon Brown stated in the manifesto that the NHS was his top priority.

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55. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he wanted to have doctors' surgeries open at the weekends, and GPs on call in the evenings.

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56. Prime Minister Gordon Brown backed a proposal to build new eco-towns, each housing between 10,000 and 20,000 home-owners—up to 100,000 new homes in total.

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57. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he wanted to release more land and ease access to ownership with shared equity schemes.

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58. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would give Parliament the final say on whether British troops are sent into action in future.

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59. Prime Minister Gordon Brown planned to set up an all-party convention to look at new powers for Parliament and to look at rebalancing powers between Whitehall and local government.

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60. Prime Minister Gordon Brown stated in a speech when announcing his bid that he wants a "better constitution" that is "clear about the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen in Britain today".

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61. In July 2008 Prime Minister Gordon Brown supported a new bill extending the pre-charge detention period to 42 days.

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62. Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed moving some powers from Parliament to citizens, including the right to form "citizens' juries", easily petition Parliament for new laws, and rally outside Westminster.

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63. Prime Minister Gordon Brown wanted Parliament to gain the right to ratify treaties and have more oversight into the intelligence services.

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64. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the sixth post-war Prime Minister, of a total of 13, to assume the role without having won a general election.

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65. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was Member of Parliament for the constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath until he stepped down in 2015.

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66. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the clear favourite to succeed Blair; he was the only candidate spoken of seriously in Westminster.

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67. Prime Minister Gordon Brown would remain in this role for 10 years and two months, making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history.

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68. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1987 to 1989 and then Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, before becoming Shadow Chancellor in 1992.

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69. Prime Minister Gordon Brown became an opposition spokesman on Trade and Industry in 1985.

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70. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was elected to Parliament on his second attempt as a Labour MP for Dunfermline East in the 1983 general election.

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71. Prime Minister Gordon Brown worked as a tutor for the Open University.

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72. Prime Minister Gordon Brown served as Rector until 1975, and edited the document The Red Paper on Scotland.

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73. In 1972, while still a student, Prime Minister Gordon Brown was elected Rector of the University of Edinburgh, the convener of the University Court.

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74. Prime Minister Gordon Brown's was bright, too, though not like him, but they seemed made for each other.

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75. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was accepted by the University of Edinburgh to study history at the same early age of sixteen.

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76. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was educated first at Kirkcaldy West Primary School where he was selected for an experimental fast stream education programme, which took him two years early to Kirkcaldy High School for an academic hothouse education taught in separate classes.

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77. Prime Minister Gordon Brown's was the daughter of John Souter, a timber merchant.

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78. On 10 May 2010, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced he would stand down as leader of the Labour Party, and instructed the party to put into motion the processes to elect a new leader.

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79. Prime Minister Gordon Brown served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Blair Government from 1997 to 2007.

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